The new deals are with Babson College, Kauffman Fellows Academy, the University of California at San Francisco, and Stanford. So far the partnerships have yielded 11 courses on topics like startup pitches, financial analysis, and venture capital. The courses explore how to secure funding, start a venture, and be a CEO.
NovoEd’s courses are designed with collaboration in mind, and the platform is banking on that to set these partnerships apart from similar MOOC deals. While other MOOCs have struggled to facilitate teamwork, NovoEd encourages it from the get-go by putting students in groups at the start of a course and then allowing them to interact through messaging, discussion boards, and peer evaluation.
Even more, the platform and its collaborative nature was created in 2012 specifically for a course Saberi taught on entrepreneurship.
“The social component of the NovoEd platform is critical to this curriculum,” said Clint Korver, director at Kauffman Fellows Academy. “True learning is not done in isolation and neither is entrepreneurship.”